STRATEGIC: Service disTRibution network And Tools for intEroperable proGrammable, and UnIfied public Cloud services
STRATEGIC integrates leading edge technologial developments completed in recent research projects in order to produce a novel framework that facilitates organisations (notably public bodies) in leveraging the benefits of public cloud services. Despite the benefits of cloud, there are still limited experiences in public organisations. In this context, a topic to be considered in the next workprogramme could be:
- Security and privacy management mechanisms (along with related policies) are not yet fully integrated into public cloud services.
STRATEGIC is still in an early stage of its lifecycle. First steps have been addressed to the requirements collection and analysis as well to the definition of the use cases. At this point, main outcomes are:
- A methodology was implemented in order to collect, document and analyse the users requirements based on two main axes: the state of the art review in the area of e-Government/public cloud services and the development of a questionnaire supported by few selected interviews in order to get input from a diverse set of stakeholders, both cloud users and providers (including cloud developers, integrators, brokers, and software vendors).
- 11 applications were analysed belonging to different scenario types. For every application, the expected added-value was analysed, both for the applications-per-site and the STRATEGIC framework. In addition, cross-scenario links were established to potentially benefit from the synergy of the applications.
Nowadays, STRATEGIC is focusing its efforts on the specification of its architecture and on the technical specifications. Furthermore, a first prototype of the STRATEGIC cloud broker and marketplace is expected by the end of 2014.
Overall, the wider implementation and use of the STRATEGIC solutions will be based on the following exploitation modalities:
- The adoption of the STRATEGIC migration, adaptation/localisation and application development solutions from a larger mass of public bodies (beyond the pilot sites (public bodies) of the consortium). The partners will focus on attracting customers (public bodies) from their territories/regions, while at the same time attempting to extend their activities to other countries and regions as well. In several cases, the partners will attempt to attract public bodies and deploy solutions for them on the basis of partnerships with other ISVs and service providers, especially for countries where they do not have established presence.
- The exploitation and wider use of the solutions and tools of the STRATEGIC framework by third-party integrators, cloud developers and ISVs. As part of this exploitation modality the consortium will endeavor to commercially exploit the STRATEGIC framework (including its tools and services), through selling licenses, charging pay-per-use fees, charging hosting and cloud provisioning services, as well as through offering supporting services such as training, maintenance and consulting services.
A list of about 155 stakeholders was created to disseminate the questionnaire as well as to regularly keep them informed about the project results. On the other hand, liaisons have been established with other EU projects (eg. Broker@Cloud).